In today’s hyper-capitalized and technology-ridden world, the idea of surveillance has become commonplace. Sure, we prefer the NSA leave our emails and metadata alone, but when it really comes down to it, we don’t care. We take for granted that our movements are recorded the moment we enter a retail store.
It does not faze us in the least to hear that our calls to most large companies are being monitored and recorded as well.
So when does it begin to feel invasive?
Invasions of privacy
There are places in clothing retailers or grocery stores where the customer can still bank on their privacy, if only for a few minutes. I’m talking about restroom stalls and changing rooms. But there have been documented instances of said places being found with recording devices!
And I don’t mean from perverts who have rigged their flip phones into the wall, I mean professionally placed cameras designed to watch us as we go about our business in assumed privacy.
There’s an app for that
Thankfully there are ways of combating unexpected supervision in stores and stalls alike. There are apps on both iOS and Android that help detect electromagnetic fields emitted by surveillance cameras. You’ll find apps for both smartphone platforms available in their respective app stores. One such app for the iPhone is the Hidden Camera Detector.
Apps such as Glint Finder, are also available in the Google Play Store. Glint Finder relies on your phone’s camera to find the reflection of the lens. This app can also come in handy when looking for other shiny things in the dark, such as your keys underneath your car seat.
Hidden Camera Detector for Android is a well-regarded app, and is free to download and install. As soon as you load the app its ready to use. It’s also pretty straightforward. The detector software displays a red glow when the smartphone is in the proximity of a camera. While the app could also glow near other types of hardware, if you just keep an eye on the number display to exceed 100, you know it has detected a camera.
If you worry or suspect that you are being watched, having one of these apps could either confirm or calm your suspicions.